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Trudeau offers Trump condolences, assistance in aftermath of hurricane Harvey

Last Updated Aug 31, 2017 at 6:29 pm EDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump chat at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 8, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken to U.S. President Donald Trump to offer condolences over the deaths and destruction in Texas and Louisiana caused by hurricane Harvey.

The Prime Minister’s Office says the two leaders had a phone conversation Thursday, during which Trudeau also offered assistance with rescue and recovery efforts.

The storm has killed at least 30 people and wrecked thousands of homes in Texas, leaving tens of thousands of residents homeless and seeking refuge in shelters.

Torrential rains have flooded vast swaths of Texas and rain continues in some areas as the storm, now reduced to a tropical depression, creeps inland.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted Thursday that the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, had already asked Canada for specific help.

“FEMA has requested support from Canada for ‘Harvey’ victims — hygiene kits, baby supplies, etc.,” Goodale tweeted. “Canada’s answer is YES, of course!”